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Bousquet Announces General Manager And Partnership With Olympic Skier
12:33PM / Friday, September 04, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Bousquet Mountain announced the hiring of new General Manager Kevin McMillian and a partnership with Olympic Skier and Pittsfield native Krista Schmidinger.   General manager Kevin McMillian, currently general manager at Zoar Outdoor, will oversee the day to day operation of the mountain. He will be responsible for building out the Bousquet management team and staff and implementing an effective operating model to run the business.     McMillian has been with Zoar since 1992. He brings knowledge of the outdoors and background as an experiential educator with regional schools. He was the 1996 recipient of the Massachusetts Office of Travel &

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North Adams School Committee OKs Golf, Cross Country for Fall
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Thursday, September 03, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday voted to move football and soccer to the so-called "Fall II" and to allow golf and cross country to go ahead with precautions.    The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association last week released final guides for fall high school sports in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The concept of a Fall II had been approved earlier for football and other high contact sports to be played  between February and April.   "It would basically run dates to be determined but between the winter, and the spring season so for our district probably mid-March to the end of April," said Athletic

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Lazits Leads Pittsfield Storm to Babe Ruth County Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:58PM / Tuesday, August 25, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Baseball players often are told not to take a bad at-bat into the field.

But their coaches did not say anything about not taking a bad outcome into the field.   In the top of the fourth inning on Tuesday at Deming Park, Anton Lazits was on third base with one out when Stevie Zuccolo lofted a fly ball to right. Lazits came home for what appeared to give the Pittsfield Storm a 6-1 lead over the South County Navy in the title game of the Berkshire County Babe Ruth 16-18 league.   But as the next batter dug in at the plate, South County pitcher Jack Carpenter tossed the ball to third for a successful appeal that Lazits left early, and the inning

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Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Nearing Fundraising Goal
09:41AM / Monday, August 24, 2020
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LENOX, Mass. — Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is nearing its Opening Doors to Nature capital campaign goal of $1.2 million to address the sanctuary's aging facilities   Through donations, Mass Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is now within $200,000 of its $1.12 million goal to fund the program barn expansion project.   The capital campaign was created to help ensure the sanctuary's aging facilities are brought up to date, with a focus on accessibility and related amenities.   The centerpiece will be an energy-efficient addition to the 18th-century program barn that includes modern restrooms, expanded lobby area, expansive decking,

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Berkshire Americans Go 3-0 on New York Swing
10:12AM / Monday, August 17, 2020
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The Berkshire Americans 14-and-under travel baseball team went 3-0 over the weekend with a trio of wins in New York.   On Saturday, Noah DeBenedetto drove in the winning run with the score tied, 8-8, in the bottom of the seventh as the Americans beat the Twin Town Warriors 13-plus team, 9-8, in Ballston Spa.   Josh Worthington went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in the win.   Mike Szabo was 2-for-4 with a double, and Collin Booth registered two hits and a pair of RBIs.   Lukas Rylander got the win on the mound with one inning of scoreless relief, striking out one and not allowing a base-runner.   Booth and Nick Gilman split the first six innings, combining to

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Pittsfield Thunder Baseball Takes Two from Americans
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12:04PM / Monday, August 03, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Brayden Gutzmer had four hits, including a double and a triple, to help lead the Pittsfield Thunder 14-year-old travel baseball team to a double-header sweep of the Berkshire Americans on Sunday at Joe Wolfe field.   In the opener, Gutzmer had two extra-base hits, and Antonio Scalise tripled and scored twice. Nick Brindle had two hits and a walk in an 11-0 win.   Charlie Wendell struck out five in four innings of work to get the win on the mound.   Austin Buda doubled for the Americans.   In Game 2, Alex Williams doubled, and eight different Pittsfield players had a hit in a 6-2 win.   Ben Cornish and Gutzmer split time on the mound; Cornish

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State Updates Guidelines for Youth Sports
10:08AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020
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BOSTON, Mass. -- Football remains a “higher risk” sport that is restricted to non-contact drills and “individual skill work” under the latest guidance from the commonwealth released on Friday.   The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Friday released its updated rules for amateur sports activities.   The rules released on Friday specifically do not govern interscholastic athletics, but the same office will be determining the “rules for the road” for high school sports in conjunction with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   Those interscholastic guidelines are expected to be released in early August,

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B.B.A. Stays Perfect in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:09PM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Hunter Potash went 2-for-3 with a double at the plate and pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win on the mound Thursday as B.B.A. edged Different Breed, 4-3, in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Potash reached on an infield single and ended up scoring on a two-base error in the top of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie.   He then stranded the potential tying run at first to complete two innings of one-hit relief and help his team stay unbeaten at 3-0 this summer in the league’s 20-and-over division.   Different Breed (3-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning at Crosby Elementary School.   Tanner Bird got

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MaSCAC Cancels Fall Sports
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11:00AM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
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WESTFIELD, Mass. - The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference announced Thursday morning that the eight MaSCAC Presidents made the difficult decision to suspend the fall 2020 athletic season, including all indoor and outdoor athletic competition.    “The MaSCAC Presidents know the value of intercollegiate athletics to our campus community and how important sports are to our student-athletes," said MCLA President James Birge, the chair of the MaSCAC Council of Presidents. "The news that we need to suspend the fall season is understandably disappointing, but the health and safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.   “These

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Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit Opens July 20
05:49AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires is opening its newest exhibit, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” in the Gallery at the Stationery Factory on Monday.   The exhibit will be open from July 20 through Sunday, Sept. 20. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with weekend hours to be announced at a later date. It is also open by appointment by calling or texting 413-822-6738 or emailing lmgymfest@aol.com.   The exhibit has new displays, artifacts and photos that assist in telling the stories of the rich history of baseball in the Berkshires. In March 2019, The Boston Globe called Baseball in the Berkshires "A Museum Worth Catching.”   Visitors are

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